Orthopaedic doctors have a valuable tool in their surgical tool box for those who suffer with big toe arthritic joint pain. Since August 2016, when the FDA approved the Cartiva Synthetic Cartilage Implant, surgery patients receiving the implant report relief from pain and restored mobility. Although synthetic cartilage implants have been successfully used in Canada and the United Kingdom since 2002, their availability in the US has been lagging.
Our former patient, American bobsledder and Olympic medalist, Elana Meyers Taylor will be helping athletes long after this year’s Winter Olympics is over. She’s donating her brain to the Concussion Legacy Foundation. Ms. Myers Taylor has suffered many concussions and other body traumas in the past. Fortunately for the bobsled team she pilots, past joint injuries will hopefully not be an issue for her in this year’s competition. It’s inspiring to see her leadership in promoting wellness for other competitors as well.
Oxygen, is a lung friendly chemical element discovered by three researchers, working independently in the 1770's in England, Sweden, and France. Abundant in the earth's atmosphere for 2.3-2.4 billion years, air is typically 21% oxygen, required by humans for proper cell metabolism. Scientists contend that during a period of geologic history oxygen constituted 35% of the earth's atmosphere. Such a high concentration of oxygen was too high to sustain life on earth as we know it. 21% is optimal for sustaining life on our planet.
Motivated by a desire to explain variations in patients' recovering from knee surgery and even variations in recovery from the same patient where both knees were replaced, in the Fall of 2013, knee surgeons of the University Hospital in Belgium thought they had discovered a new knee ligament.
The US government is helping surgeons by approving the manufacture and use of a new substance that will add to the arsenal of healing options for patients with cartilage damage and defect. After a two year clinical trial and three year follow up of 144 patients, MACi is pipelined for use by orthopedic surgeons.